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Westcastle Motors returns to the Pass
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Keith Foster, partner at Westcastle Automotive Group, says the new sales lot in West Coleman will be opening this month.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Almost five years after closing their dealership in Blairmore, Westcastle Automotive Group is opening a sales lot on Highway 3 in West Coleman.
“It felt like a good time to come back,” said Keith Foster, a partner with Westcastle. “There’s lots of positive things going on [in the community] I think…we found a location that I think is good and we’re excited to be there.”
The sales lot will have two employees. Foster says they’ll be selling new GM and Ford vehicles plus a good selection of pre-owned cars, trucks and SUVs, some of which will be brought across the border from their B.C. affiliates.
The lot was approved by the development board on Feb. 26, and still needs to go through an advertising process in case there are objectors. Foster says they could be open for business in as little as two weeks.
At one time, the Pass had Ford, GM and Dodge dealerships. Foster says Westcastle was the last to leave in 2009 and now it appears they’ll be the first to come back.

In 2009, Darcy Nazarek, former manager of Westcastle Motors in Blairmore, told the Pass Herald they would be moving their operation to Pincher Creek because of staffing issues and the centralization of their operations in Southern Alberta.
Foster says the Pincher Creek dealership has seen a lot of business from Pass residents since then. He says Westcastle’s decision to move back to the community was influenced by the new economic opportunities, including the mine being developed by Riversdale Resources.
“Probably good things on the horizon,” he said. “We’ve had a good following in the Pass since we’ve left…we felt like this was a good opportunity to [come back].”
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